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  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (4th L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) look towards Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond during talks in Vienna November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (3rd L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (6th L), U.S.

Settlement funds earmarked for coast
Friday, 21 November 2014 17:22

NEW ORLEANS — Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board’s lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East voted Thursday to establish the dedicated account for any funds received as a result of the controversial lawsuit it filed in 2013 against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies. The suit blames drilling activity and canal dredging done by the companies for the degradation of wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.

GONZALES — Gonzales police officers continued to search Friday evening for a man seen hitting another man in the head with a pistol in a Gonzales bar parking lot earlier this month.

The alleged attacker, Adrian Melo Salas, 24, 309 E. Verna St., Gonzales, is wanted on counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a firearm on the premises of an alcohol beverage outlet, officers said in a news release Friday.

SU presidential hunt proceeds with qualms
Friday, 21 November 2014 17:22

The group that hopes to find a new leader for the Southern University System is pushing forward with its quick search process, despite concerns that have been voiced by faculty members, alumni and even some members of the search committee itself.

The search committee’s timeline spans slightly more than a month. The goal is to have a new leader named by the end of the year, but only one person has applied for the job to date.

Obama launches sales mission on immigration
Friday, 21 November 2014 17:14

LAS VEGAS — Mounting an offensive behind his immigration directives, President Barack Obama on Friday insisted House Republicans must take up a comprehensive immigration overhaul but said the system is so unfair that it needs the type of fixes that he initiated on his own.

"Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time and everybody knows it," he said. "We can't afford it anymore."

Speaking at the Las Vegas high school where he launched his drive for Congress to send him an immigration bill, Obama outlined steps he has taken to help millions of people living in the country illegal.

As the Baltimore Ravens fight to get into the playoffs, the Super Bowl champions of two years ago have thrived against losing teams. They shouldn’t encounter a problem in Week 12 when they visit the 4-6 New Orleans Saints.

Baltimore enters their matchup on “Monday Night Football” just a half-game out of first place in the AFC North. The Ravens have stayed competitive in the NFL’s toughest division by taking advantage of the easiest part of their schedule, going 2-4 against teams with a winning record, but winning all four contests with opponents that are under .500.


Shreveport Police need your help to locate a local man who has not been seen or heard from since earlier this month.

Jerico Carter 24, was last seen on November 10, 2014 at a home located in the 2900 block of Fulton Street in West Shreveport.

Carter is described as a black male who stands approximately five feet, eight inches tall and weighs approximately 148 pounds.

By Amanda Becker and David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order.

Republicans remain split on the best course of resistance to Obama's action easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants, but conservative groups were already pulling together legal strategies to challenge it.

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State Rep. Marcus Hunter, D-Monroe, plans to file suit against Sec. of State Tom Schedler in an effort to extend the early voting period.

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